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Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
Potato chips just got even better with the addition of chocolate... and vice versa.
If you are a fan of both potato chips and chocolate, then you will surely love chocolate-covered potato chips. This delicious and unusual pairing is a tasty way to satisfy both sweet and salty cravings.
I was introduced to this interesting treat when my husband took home a box of Royce Potato Chip Chocolate from Tokyo in 2005. It was love at first bite. I'm a fan of both food items individually so I took instantly to the delicious combination of sweet, smooth, luxurious milk chocolate and crisp, thick-sliced lightly salted potato chips. The Japanese brand Royce was not yet available here in the Philippines at the time, and I didn't know of other candy companies that made it, so I started looking for ways to make the treat myself.
Hungry for more information about chocolate-covered potato chips? Please read on.
Image courtesy of Esther Price Assorted Chocolates
Scrumptious potato chips swathed in luxurious chocolate...yum! (Photo by Lori Baltazar)
I initially thought that this unusual combination originated in Japan since the first chocolate-covered potato chip I've ever tasted is made by the Japanese brand Royce, but apparently the "chipper" as it's called in Fargo, North Dakota has been around for ages. Widman's Candy, founded in 1885 as well as other commercial confectioneries and homeowners in the state have been making these treats for a long time.
They finally came into the market in 1985 when a company called Executive Sweets started manufacturing them commercially and has gained a small following by word of mouth since. Other companies started making the treat.
The snack has been quite popular in Japan in the last decade. Over there, the snack is called "pote choco", a shortcut for "potato chocolate", and comes in many variants including versions where the chips are covered in dark or white chocolate. Sometimes the chips are crushed into little pieces and are mixed into the chocolate just to add a salty bite to the sweet treat.
In the US, the not-exactly-healthy snack received considerable media attention in 2009, when they were served to congressional committee members discussing, ironically, Health Care reform. It is currently gaining in popularity at the moment as recipes are constantly appearing online.
Image courtesy of Royce Chocolates
Read more about chocolate-coated potato chips on the following websites:
- Chocolate-covered Potato Chips on Wikipedia
Chocolate-covered potato chips are an American snack food or confectionery, consisting of potato chips that have been dipped into melted chocolate or cocoa, and coated with the chocolate. They are used for snacking like potato chips, and also served
- Carol Widman's Candy Company - Home of the famous Chocolate Covered Potato Chips or "Chippers"
The original Widman tradition of handmade quality candy spans four generations. The Widman family has developed a special quality of product including the 'Chippers', chocolate covered potato chips.
- UnExecutive Sweets: Home of the Original Chocolate Covered Potato Chip
Executive Sweets is home of the "Original Chocolate Covered Potato Chip." As you taste our chocolates you will see why people say, "this is great chocolate!
- ROYCE' Chocolate (English Website)
ROYCE' began in 1983 in Sapporo where the crisp climate, sweet waters and clean air made Hokkaido an ideal place for confectionery making.
Get your crunchy, sweet, and salty fix from Executive Sweets,
"Home of the Original Chocolate Covered Potato Chip"
Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Executive Sweets
Gourmet Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Fresh and crisp potato chips are dipped in smooth and creamy milk chocolate. Sold in a one pound box with a gold bow.
Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Executive Sweets
Gourmet Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Fresh and crisp ridged potato chips are coated in smooth and rich dark chocolate. Sold in a one pound box with a gold bow.
Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Executive Sweets
Gourmet Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Fresh and crisp rippled chips are coated in milk chocolate and dark chocolate. This box contains a combination of the two variants. Sold in a one pound box with a gold bow.
How to make Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
right in the comforts of your own home
Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips Recipe
Crisp potato chips dipped in smooth and creamy chocolate...mmm.
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
1 pound high quality milk chocolate, chopped
8 cups ridged potato chips
1. Melt about 3/4 of the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl over the top of a pan of simmering water (or if you have a double boiler, use that). Continue to heat the chocolate to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C), stirring occasionally. You may use a meat thermometer if your candy thermometer does not go that low.
2. As soon as the melted chocolate reaches temperature, remove it from the heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted. Continue stirring until the chocolate has cooled to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). Dab some chocolate to your lip, it should feel cool.
3. Use tongs to dip potato chips one at a time into the chocolate. Place on waxed paper and cool in the refrigerator until set.
Image courtesy of Royce Chocolates
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Chocolate Potato Chips Gift Packs
Assorted Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by A Bountiful Harvest
A Bountiful Harvest uses two chips dipped in a delicious blend of Belgian Chocolate and has garnished them with a variety of their most popular toppings. Included in this selection are Belgian Chocolate Potato Chips with nuts, non-pariels, toffee & sprinkles.
Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips by Sugar Plum Gourmet Chocolates
Each crispy Potato Chip is hand dipped in rich milk and dark chocolate. The box features 1/4 lb. of milk chocolate dipped potato chips covered in mini m&m's, 1/4 lb. of all milk chocolate potato chips, and 1/4 lb. of dark chocolate potato chips. Comes in two beautiful brown micro boxes.
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